Since ancient Christmases have been held in the city of Valencia with a combination of customs and traditions that blend the familiar, the intimate, the external and festive.
In essence, little has changed our habits in this era, and the birth of Christ is still celebrated today as yesterday with family.
Shop around for the Central Market the morning of Christmas Eve is a delight for the senses. Thousands dining finalize their purchases for the Christmas celebrations, decorated stalls laden gender and invite the purchase of these delicacies.
Dinner usually starts on the 24th after the speech that SM King addresses the nation. About ten at night the family sits at the table. The dishes are varied and there is a menu of the earth itself, as the custom of a special dinner on Christmas Eve there since the mid-twentieth century, because until then the family took a “resopón” special, after attending Mass Midnight.
At midnight all the bells of the city begin to turn and in every church begins the traditional Midnight Mass, so named because it is said that a rooster was the first to witness the birth and took care to proclaim to the world. Especially significant is being held in the Cathedral attended by the Choir of the Cathedral with its traditional Christmas carols and other songs makes this a special Eucharistic celebration. Similarly Christmas mass also has the presence of this illustrious Coral.
After completing it, the choirs have sung in churches gather outside center birth installed in the Town Hall Square and sing carols before the newborn child.
Christmas Day is celebrated in style. The family gathers in the great food for centuries becomes the most important family gathering of the year. Tradition dictates develop the typical Christmas stew that can be accompanied by other meat dishes and of course all kinds of sweets this time
After the food is delivered “christmas box” or bonus. This is given by the older members of the family to nephews, children and grandchildren. They roam the table congratulating the family and collecting their premieres. Formerly kissed her hand before receiving the stipend. Which was and is exploited for an afternoon of fun at the traditional Christmas Fair which is installed near the port of Valencia.